San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Big Boutique

Ikea’s huge new Burbank location features a children’s playground and a 600-seat restaurant — plus plenty of furniture and housewares.Burbank benefits from U.S.’s largest Ikea.

By Helen Floersh February 20, 2017 midnight   $$ Share

Attorneys Hear Migrant Fears

LAW: Trump talk sends workers, employers to seek counsel.

Fears of deportation boost business for local immigration lawyers.

For Avery Dennison, It’s a Promotional Wrap

TECHNOLOGY: Investment puts label maker in ad business.

Avery Dennison invests in customer of its vehicle wrap materials.

Team Colors Change for JetHawks

Baseball club in Lancaster switches affiliation to Rockies.

Lancaster’s minor-league team the JetHawks takes off with new major-league affiliation.

Music Makes Ditty Deals for App Firm

TMZ, RealNetworks sign up to use Zya’s singing software.

Cell phone ringbacks return with Zya’s new app.

N.Y.-Burbank Route Raises New Airline

All-you-can-fly deals start at $25,000 for annual membership.

Flying Burbank to New York? Jet Club offers a charter for that.

Investors Hop On Flip-Flop Shoe Trend

New owners plan retail expansion for Flojos brand.

Investors find a good fit in Thousand Oaks’ flip-flop maker Flojo.

Politics Spur Land Reform

DEVELOPMENT: Measure S has jumpstarted conversations about planning L.A.’s future.

L.A. voters defeat Measure S but its more palatable aspects live on.

Talon Wins Record for World’s Longest Zipper

APPAREL: Fastener firm reaches potential buyers at LA Fashion Week opening.

Who else would make the world’s longest zipper? Talon zips up LA Fashion Week with its record product.

Wanted: Workers

Eight Valley-region manufacturers join apprentice program to train employees for skilled positions.

Apprenticeships return through a coalition of Goodwill, community colleges, government and businesses.

Firm’s Arguments Put Parody Case in the Bag

LITIGATION: L.A. tote maker prevails over Louis Vuitton in trademark dispute.

Boutique intellectual property firm Koppel Patrick Heybl & Philpott of Westlake Village successfully defended spoof tote bag maker My Other Bag against luxury designer Louis Vuitton, a brand notorious for filing trademark suits.

Legendary, Warner Bros. Join for One Last ‘Kong’

FILM: Monkey movie enjoys huge opening weekend with $146 million at box office.

Warner Bros. Studio is back in business with Legendary Entertainment, and while it’s just for a single movie, it’s a big one.

Can Marketers Calm DineEquity Upheaval?

RESTAURANTS: After losing top talent, company hires executive and ad agency.

Glendale restaurant group DineEquity Inc., parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants, has recruited a well-reputed advertising agency and a lead marketer from Applebee’s pre-Recession days to strategize a turnaround for the casual dining chain.

Opposite of ‘Boring’

Lenelle Duecker started selling insurance out of necessity, but to her surprise she found it fun.

Lenelle Duecker thought insurance was boring until she started a career selling it.

Wave of Consolidation Shrinks Insurance Sector

LIST: For both carriers and brokerages, it’s a season of big-eat-small.

Local insurance brokerages address industry’s M&A trend.

VALLEY RISING: Walkable Hub of the West Valley

If “transformation” comes to mind when you think about the Warner Center area of Woodland Hills and its bordering neighborhoods, then you’re in line with a lot of players in the local economy.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Antelope Valley Hospital has named Colette Menzel as its new chief financial officer.


Calendar of events

The New Assault on Part-Time Jobs

Newly proposed AB 5 is no friend to businesses dependent on part-time workers.

Local Solutions for Global Problems

Discoveries at local universities could help fix greater problems.

Biz School Targets Valley Grads

EDUCATION: Costs, benefits play into student recruitment.

How Cal Lutheran plans to sell its new MBA program to San Fernando Valley students.

Drill Deal Gives Hope for CRC

ENERGY: Increased production, higher oil prices on horizon.

Private equity will help California Resources Corp. drill again.

Retro Retail Finds Home On Boulevard

Valley Country Mart mixes modern brands, mid-century aesthetic.

Developers aim for a high-end redesign of Woodland Hills strip mall.

CSUN Builds Offices for R&D Teams

Professors, students to investigate health and materials science.

Grant motivates California State University-Northridge to build new facility.

Shop Owner To Umpire World Series

Garth Sanders chosen for Little League softball championship.

Woodland Hills business owner to call softball World Series.

The Number

West Valley crime spree focuses on contractors’ white vans.